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Feeling Fine with the Fine Arts: 6 Shows to Livestream

Ballet dancers, jazz musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence—they’re keeping us entertained and themselves in good shape By Erik Tormoen G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor of the Twin Cities’ VocalEssence choral ensemble, sits at a piano, belting Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies,” livestreaming from his home—because it’s another morning of self-quarantine, and this is what he’s doing…  Read More

Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – April 16, 2020 – Dave Brubeck

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Dave Brubeck. Dave Brubeck 1920-2012 The highly acclaimed composer and musician Dave Brubeck was born into a musical family in Concord, California. He studied at the College of the Pacific before enlisting in the Army…  Read More

Best of the Week (Feb. 16-23): Tove Lo, Joe Henry, ‘Gotta Dance,’ Raphael Saadiq, VocalEssence, winter fest, more

Multiple authors | Star Tribune February 14, 2020 – 11:10 PM: Behold Lo Like a raunchier and rowdier version of her fellow Swedish export Robyn, electro-pop singer Tove Lo has made a bigger splash in dance clubs and viral listening quarters than on pop radio, earning her a sizable underground following. She sticks to…  Read More

Best of the Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 2): Walker’s Out There, GZA, ‘Noura,’ Badi Assad, ‘Moana’ sing-along, Liszt, Rex Orange County, more

Multiple authors | Star Tribune January 24, 2020 – 8:03 AM: Aussie theater company challenges perceptions about disabilities Walker Art Center’s monthlong “Out There” series concludes with the return of Back to Back Theatre, an Australian ensemble made up of artists with disabilities. In “The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes,” Back to Back…  Read More

Postcards from Mexico-Day 6

FRIDAY 8/30/2019 A THOUSAND SMALL MOMENTS   All week, I’ve been thinking about how to capture the connections we’ve made together, the new, raw friendships that make us buzzy, exhausted, and grateful.  I believe firmly in the broad brushstrokes of VocalEssence’s motto “Together We Sing.” Yes, world peace is possible when we raise our voices collectively in song.  Yes, in music, our…  Read More

260 films from 77 nations coming our way in April

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 10:04 AM: Courtesy of the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul A still from MSPIFF’s opening night film, “Yuli,” about the life of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta. The 38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is just over two weeks away. Tickets go on sale to the…  Read More